By invading Ukraine, Vladimir “Friggin'” Putin has changed the world in so many ways . . . and not for the better. But this might just be his worst offense:
Because of him, The Scorpions have been forced to change the lyrics to one of their biggest hits, “Wind of Change”. Remember, the original Scorpions were all German, and they grew up in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.
“Wind of Change” was inspired by the Scorpions’ landmark tour of the Soviet Union in 1998, along with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the wall. It was a time of hope, a moment when we thought the world really was coming together.
The Scorpions said had to change the opening line of the song when they sing it live.
Frontman KLAUS MEINE says, quote, “I thought, it’s not the time with this terrible war in Ukraine raging on, it’s not the time to romanticize Russia with lyrics like, ‘Follow the Moskva / Down to Gorky Park,’ you know?
“I wanted to make a statement in order to support Ukraine, and so the song starts now with, ‘Now listen to my heart / It says Ukraine, waiting for the wind to change. We had so many amazing moments, so many emotional moments we shared with our fans in Russia, but this is about the regime and there’s a lot of people in Russia that just don’t know the truth.”
He added “That’s just a fact, and it’s so sad to see what’s going on and so many people are dying every other day. It breaks your heart, it’s really sad.”